New York Consolidated Laws, Public Health Law - PBH § 3000. Declaration of policy and statement of purpose

The furnishing of medical assistance in an emergency is a matter of vital concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare.  Prehospital emergency medical care, the provision of prompt and effective communication among ambulances and hospitals and safe and effective care and transportation of the sick and injured are essential public health services.

It is the purpose of this article to promote the public health, safety and welfare by providing for certification of all advanced life support first response services and ambulance services;  the creation of regional emergency medical services councils;  and a New York state emergency medical services council to develop minimum training standards for certified first responders, emergency medical technicians and advanced emergency medical technicians and minimum equipment and communication standards for advanced life support first response services and ambulance services.

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